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About Braces

Close up of smiling woman with metal bracesBraces, also known as orthodontic braces, are dental devices designed to correct misaligned teeth and improve oral health.

Traditional braces are made up of metal brackets, wires, and bands that work together to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. Dental braces are commonly used to address issues such as overcrowding, gaps, and improper bite alignments.

Traditional metal braces are the most recognizable, but advancements in orthodontics have introduced alternatives like ceramic braces, and Invisalign aligners.

In addition, lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth, and a great option for patients who need the effectiveness of traditional braces, but wish to keep them unseen. Braces enhance the appearance of the smile as well as contribute to better dental health overall.

Introduction to Braces

Traditional braces are designed to address dental misalignments. Dental braces are comprised of metal brackets, wires, and bands that guide teeth into their correct positions over time. This corrective process improves the visual appeal of a patient's smile by addressing crowding and gaps.

But solving these problems also creates a smile that is more functional, and easier to maintain. Effective brushing and flossing is much easier without crowding or gaps.

Patients seeking orthodontic treatment should expect regular check ups during the duration of the treatment, and adjustments will be made as necessary. Braces are an integral part of orthodontic care, and braces treatment is a transformative tool for optimal dental health and a confident smile.

Types of Braces

Several different types of braces treatments cater to individual patient needs. These various options allow us to help each patient choose braces that align with their lifestyle and preferences. Traditional metal braces are the most recognizable and effective. These braces have stood the test of time, and provide reliable results.

Ceramic braces, on the other hand, offer a less conspicuous alternative. With tooth-colored or clear brackets, they blend with the natural color of teeth, and are a popular choice because of their subtle appearance.

Invisalign aligners are a series of transparent, removable trays that gradually shift teeth into their optimal positions. This option is popular for those looking for discretion and convenience, but Invisalign is limited to mild to moderate movement of the teeth.

Lingual braces are nearly undetectable. This makes them a popular choice for inconspicuous teeth straightening, and they are capable of achieving more movement than Invisalign.

Each braces option comes with its own advantages. The choice depends on aesthetic preferences, lifestyle considerations, and the details of the orthodontic correction.

Benefits of Braces

Braces offer benefits beyond teeth alignment and a beautiful smile:

•  One big advantage is better overall oral health. Correcting misalignments makes teeth easier to clean, and reduces the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other complications.
•  Improved oral function is another notable benefit, as braces help correct overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
•  The transformation of a smile with braces boosts confidence and impacts overall well-being.
•  In addition, braces can prevent or alleviate jaw joint problems and reduce the likelihood of dental injuries.
•  Plus the journey to a healthier, more confident smile is a rewarding experience.

Braces Process

The braces process is a structured orthodontic journey that begins with a comprehensive evaluation. During this initial consultation, we assess the patient, discuss treatment options, and formulate a personalized plan.

For the actual placement of traditional braces, we affix small metal brackets to the teeth, and connect and secure them with wires and elastic bands.

Over time, these components work together to move the teeth into the desired positions. Regular follow-up appointments are crucial. This allows us to make adjustments, tighten wires, and monitor progress. Lasers help with small adjustments in soft tissue around the braces.

The duration of the braces process depends on the complexity of the orthodontic issues, but it typically ranges from several months to a few years. Once the patient has a beautifully aligned smile, the braces are removed, and dental health is improved, as well as self confidence.

Maintaining Oral Health with Braces

The presence of braces requires commitment to consistent and thorough oral hygiene. Braces must be brushed after every meal using fluoride toothpaste while paying special attention to cleaning around the brackets and wires. This prevents the accumulation of food particles and plaque.

Flossing is crucial. Special tools like floss threaders and interdental brushes navigate between the wires and brackets.

Regular check-ups and cleanings are essential to monitor the health of the teeth and address any issues promptly.

Patients are advised to avoid certain foods that are problematic for braces, such as sticky candies and hard snacks. This prevents damage. By making these habits routine, patients ensure that the braces align their teeth effectively, and maintain optimal oral health throughout their treatment.

Life with Braces

Life with braces requires patience and commitment. There is an adjustment period as patients adapt to braces being a part of their daily lives. But the anticipation of the end result makes the adjustment easy.

Eating, brushing, and flossing habits have to be modified. Regular orthodontic appointments become routine. The journey is rewarded with the gradual alignment of the teeth, and a more and more confident smile. Life with braces encourages self-care, patience, and the expectation of a beautiful smile.

FAQ's About Braces

Patients interested in correcting their smiles with braces have a lot to consider. There are many questions to ask, but many of them can only be answered individually, on a case by case basis.

How long do I need to wear braces?

This depends entirely on the individual alignment, but a braces treatment typically lasts one to three years.

Do braces hurt?

Some patients experience discomfort when the braces are attached, and after tightening. This discomfort is temporary, and can be treated with over the counter medication.

Can I still play sports with braces?

Yes, but you will need an orthodontic mouth guard to reduce the risk of dental injury.

What foods should I avoid with braces?

Any foods that are hard or sticky must be avoided while wearing braces. We provide patients with a comprehensive list of foods to avoid to make their treatment experience go smoothly.

Do braces require a lot of maintenance?

There is an adjustment period for braces maintenance. Orthodontic flossers, floss threaders, or interdental brushes make cleaning braces much easier, and maintaining your braces becomes routine in a short time.

What Is the Best Age to Get Braces?

Most children get braces around the age of 12, but there are no set age limitations. All of the primary teeth must be gone, and the teeth and gums must be healthy prior to attaching braces.

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Give All About Orthodontics® a call at 586-999-8818 for Warren location or at 734-999-4774 for Southgate location if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment.
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